Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Guess what? Climate change is bad for business.

And maybe some persons of richness are starting to figure this out. Via Climate Progress, the resort operators in Aspen are wondering why in tarnation they are paying dues to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, since climate change is, you know, destroying their business and the Chamber denies that it's happening. Which obviously it is. The answer from the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is weirdly lame: "Officials say that while they fundamentally disagree with the U.S. Chamber's stance on climate legislation, they still value the group's administrative services."

Still, I would expect them, and other local chambers suffering from adverse weather, to defect pretty soon. I'm also wondering why we haven't heard from agribusiness and coastal communities. The warming and acidifying ocean is catastrophic for fisheries, and rising sea levels and more severe storms are really bad news for coastal resorts. There are rich people affected by all of this, who could be giving their money to the Sierra Club and Center for American Progress instead of the Chamber of Commerce and the Heartland Institute -- if they had any sense at all. Evidently they do not.

ABC News, at least, has gotten over the false balance fetish, even though the New York Times has not. This story tells it like it is. We'll see if more of the corporate media join them, but I'm not holding my breath.

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